Timothy Schmit

As he prepares to resume his North American tour in support of his new solo album, Leap of Faith, the Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit recently chatted with NPR about a range of topics. Regarding the Eagles’ notoriously volatile history, Schmit said, “I think probably the friction was part of the creativity. I'm sure it was. I was the guy just trying to make things OK. I did what I can to keep the peace. Sometimes there's not much you could do, with outside situations, and you just have to go with it."

Schmit also addressed his battle with throat cancer, a disease he was diagnosed with in late 2012. “Things are looking really good [now],” he said. “It chipped away at my voice a bit. I didn't even know if I was going to be able to talk, let alone sing…. I met Plácido Domingo the day after the Kennedy Awards and I was thrilled beyond belief because he has changed from being a tenor to a baritone. He just said, you know, I'm just going for it, I'm doing it still in a different range. That's basically what I got to say to him was, 'Yeah me too.’”

As regards the loss of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who died in January 2016, Schmit said, “You know, it took quite a while to process it. I don't know if I'll ever finish processing it, but I'm better now. I mean, life has to go on. All three of us, Joe [Walsh] and Don [Henley] and I, are all doing our separate projects right now. We're just moving on."

Timothy Schmit